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Limited resource: time on earth

Today is my 50th birthday and I find myself grateful to have made it 5 decades, and reflective on how we chose to spend our time on earth. Perhaps we are wise to live with one eye on the present … Continue reading

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Precious metals mean reverting

And so it goes:  following the latest manic episode that began in 2001 and peaked in 2011, gold is now neither desired as a currency nor a commodity. See: Gold prices sink to a 5-year low. “Investors are selling the … Continue reading

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Captured House urges DOL to keep best interests of finance first

You know you have a completely broken system when politicians supposedly elected to serve the people send letters urging the Department of Labor to stop insisting that financial advisers put the best interests of retirees ahead of their own profits.  … Continue reading

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Income ETFs, funds and MLPs: tide going out

Low interest rates, relentless central bank confidence pumps and a runaway investment sales machine have all served to herd income-searching investors into income-producing assets over the past 3 years. In the process, unit valuations that were already high in 2012 … Continue reading

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Which countries are at risk in commodities rout?

Which countries stand to hurt the most from plunging commodity prices? That’s easy: the same countries who benefited the most as prices rose 2001-2011. Unfortunately most of them, like Canadians, became over-confident during the boom and went deeply into debt. … Continue reading

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Driverless cars to further disrupt status quo

Less spending on insurance premiums and auto repairs means more cash staying in the pockets of consumers. All of this will help households to pay down debt and build up savings once more. Then there are all the accident injuries … Continue reading

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